Australia rethinks PVC dumping duties
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—Australia's Anti-Dumping Authority is investigating whether to continue anti-dumping duties on PVC resin imports from seven countries, including Canada.
The move follows a joint request from Australia's only PVC resin manufacturers, ICI Australia Ltd. and Auseon Ltd., both based in Melbourne.
The dumping duties are due to expire on Oct. 21. Rob Faulkner, Auseon manager of corporate and environmental affairs, said nonrenewal of duties will hurt Australian suppliers. The seven countries have ``ample capacity to export'' and could undercut local product prices if duties are discontinued, he said.
``If we are unsuccessful we may have the option to lodge a fresh case, but we may have to wait for 12 months,'' Faulkner said.
However Auseon hopes a win in a similar case last year, which imposed duties against the United States, Canada and Mexico, has set a precedent.
The inquiry will be finished by mid-June when the Canberra-based authority decides whether duties should continue for another five years. The seven countries are Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
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